Gov. Nixon Tours EMSI Office in Springfield

Matt Wagner, SBJ ReporterAt a stop today in Springfield, Gov. Jay Nixon said green-building consulting firm EMSI Inc. represents the type of “next-generation jobs” Missouri needs, although the governor was unable to name any area businesses that would likely benefit from his Show-Me Jobs Initiative.

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to the press at Dake Wells Architecture and EMSI on Jan. 16.

Gov. Jay Nixon speaks to the press at the West Walnut Street offices of EMSI and Dake Wells Architecture on Jan. 16.

Nixon arrived at the EMSI office, 401 W. Walnut St., shortly before the lunch hour and toured the company’s second-floor digs, which it shares with Dake Wells Architecture Inc., before answering questions about his job-creation plan, which seeks to extend low- and no-interest loans to small businesses and to capitalize on funding available through a federal stimulus plan before Congress.

Nixon was particularly interested in EMSI’s work on Green Circle Shopping Center in south Springfield. EMSI consulted with Dynamic Earth owner Matt O’Reilly on the center’s various sustainable design elements, which include a pervious concrete parking lot, a green roof and a stormwater-collection system.

“This is part of what the future economy is – right here,” Nixon said.

The governor said he and Linda Martinez, his pick to head up the Missouri Department of Economic Development, want to grow the state’s economy by focusing on energy efficiency, green building and renewable energy.

EMSI Vice President Jason Hainline, who also served as Nixon’s tour guide this morning, said the governor’s interest in his industry is encouraging.

“Any time you have (people at) the top supporting – instead of downplaying – it seems like it can do nothing but good,” Hainline told me after the news conference.

While Hainline doesn’t expect EMSI to directly benefit from Nixon’s jobs initiative, which will offer low- and no-interest loans to small businesses through the Missouri Development Finance Board, he does think the state and federal government are in a great position to advance green building and sustainability practices.

Hainline said he received a call late Thursday about Nixon’s interest in touring the office. Accepting the invitation was a no-brainer, he said.

“You get a call like that, and you want to be as hospitable as you can,” he said with a grin.

To learn more about whether your business might be eligible for a loan through the Show-Me Jobs Initiative, click here.

1 Response to “Gov. Nixon Tours EMSI Office in Springfield”

  1. 1 Alas, Gov. Nixon gives SWMO a nod « The Fine Print* Trackback on March 13, 2009 at 5:48 pm

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